Monday, November 02, 2009

H1N1 Waiting

Today's Saying

As long as the world is turning and spinning, we're gonna be dizzy and we're gonna make mistakes. ~Mel Brooks

I am waiting for the H1N1 flue vaccine.

While I wait I’m collecting information about the vaccine.

My good friend Gattina said ”Don't wait for this piggy flu vaccin ! Our doctors here recommend the normal seasonal flu vaccine for people at risk, because the other one is just a good business making for the pharma industry ! Meanwhile people start to understand the panic makers ! It's all about money !!

Conservative Glen Beck quoted on the Daily Show said “ It’s not if you trust the vaccine but do you trust the government.”

Louis Farrakhan , the National Representative of the Nation of Islam, said “ The vaccine is an attempt by the government to kill mass groups of people.”

At the same time all across the country unvaccinated people are dying from the H1N1 flue. Thus a Doctor said on National television you would have to be really stupid not to get vaccinated.
Of course he could have been paid off by the pharmaceutical industry, or the untrustworthy government got to him, or he could even be part of the plot to kill many of us.

Fox News said the government was trying to panic us with a fake H1N1 scare. Then it attacked the government for not getting the vaccine to us faster.

My Doctor says I should get the vaccine as soon as its available.

Of the bunch I trust my Doctor. He’s too poor to have been paid off by anybody.

So I’m waiting for the H1N1 vaccine.

Yesterday the people of Pigeon Falls woke up in a Pigeon Falls that never was before.
The year seemed to be 1890. At least that’s what the calendar said.
The cement sidewalks were gone, replaced with sidewalks of boards. The paved road was now a rutted dirt road. Buildings changed to fit the time.
Homes had no running water but wells and hand pumps. The indoor plumbing replaced by a row of outhouses.
There were no telephones, computers, television sets , or electricity. There were candles and gas lamps for light.
The modern medical lab was gone and in its place and old fashioned Doctor’s office.
Nancy’s place had a big wood stove and a couple of huge coffee pots.
Wink’s Woods was now “ Wink’s General Store “ and Kivi & Maki were “Kivi’s Grain and Feed”
Eino now had a carriage place and stable.
Jack’s Sauna was in an older style building with hand pumps for water.
The town had a new Telegraph Office connecting it to the outside world.
The museum was now an old mansion but the piano still played there.
But the train still ran through and the dragons flew overhead.
Tommy still had his power.
Some things don’t change.


Anonymous quilly said...

On my. I'm okay with everything but the outhouses. I am so glad I wasn't visiting Pigeon Falls that day!

As to the flu vaccine -- every time I get one, I get horribly sick. Having the flu isn't as bad as my reaction to the vaccine. I'll take my chances.

1:57 AM  
Blogger boots said...

well Dr. John I believe that that is the greatest piece of heaven we have here in USA! we can choose what we think is best and choose the doctor to tell us! I would hate for you to get sick so you get that shot!

I am not getting it. I have never had the flu shot, I did get my kids immunized as MANDATEDBYGOV and they had seizures! so I kept the younger two at home and schooled them, and when they were 7th grade they got them to go to school.
At least i had the choice to homeschool!

2:24 AM  
Blogger Gattina said...

Yesterday in the News they reported again about the vaccin against the piggy flu. Now it's really getting devided. Most of the people in Germany, Italy and Belgium refuse because their doctors said so. Other people do it or do it not, it's just a personal choice.
But the only country where people lined up for 6 h to get this vaccin was America ! I thought that's rather strange. But Americans have the reputation to be very excessive in everything. Not 100 % but at least 110 %, lol ! But honnestly I think you should do what your doctor says, he knows you the best and it's certainly not his intention to kill you !

3:02 AM  
Blogger Nessa said...

I think people should know their own bodies. I don't trust the government or the media to make these decisions for me and I always look at the motives of anyone giving me advice before I take it.

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3:06 AM  
Anonymous Marisa @ Getting Back To Basics said...

Trust your doctor is probably the soundest advice...certainly over those offering up conspiracy theories to wipe out the population. I plan to get one not so much for my self but because I care for children 1-9 years although some of their parents have chosen not to get them done for fears of unknown side effects. At first they were giving shots to anyone that showed up at a that they are running out it is being rationed so I am way down on the list...maybe everything will be over with by the time it's my turn.

3:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get the regular flu shot every year and never get sick or have side affects from it. But I along with you agree that if my doctor want's me to get it I will...if not...I wont. He's as poor as your doctor it sounds like. WOOT...I like Pigeon Falls being back in the old days...I can't wait to see what goes on :) Have a great week ahead my friend :)

3:24 AM  
Blogger rhymeswithplague said...

Take two aspirin, watch Back to the Future, and call me in the morning.

4:28 AM  
Blogger Dulce said...

This topic so controversial... one does not know whom to believe or what, but prevention is better than cure.

4:34 AM  
Blogger Sandi McBride said...

I hope you have already gotten your h1n1 jab and off to better things! And I can't wait to see what all the changes the changes bring...sounds like fun...and a bit scary, too!

5:37 AM  
Blogger PS (PSanafter-thought) said...

Those media commentators aren't even competent in the areas they normally cover. I certainly wouldn't trust them in areas of medicine or science. When is the last time Glen Beck, et al, took a science class? And did he pass?

In my daughter's area of Wisconsin, about 50% of the school kids got the H1N1, and two died.

My daughter, age 30, gets a very strong immune reaction to viruses, and it is your immune reaction that makes the difference: if your body produces a lot of phlegm and fluids in response to viruses, then you can literally drown in your own fluids. It has been shown on autopsy that people who die from H1N1 have blood and fluid in their lungs.

I will get the vaccines if they ever get them here. Our clinic can't even get the regular flu shots. My doc is upset because Walgreens can get it.

6:21 AM  
Blogger Finding Pam said...

In our little town, the PA ordered 350 shots, they said he might get 6 shots if he is lucky.

I always get the regular flu shot. I will get it if available.

But for now, I am washing my hands and keeping away from crowds.

Dr.Oz took the swine flu shot on TV. I trust him.

I hope that Pigeon Falls has it's church again. I like the idea of living in the days before all the gadgets and things.

6:54 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Good ol' Louis Farrakhan.... Oy! I think you should get it if your doctor says so. But I'm NOT getting it. IF I were still teaching in school, I WOULD get it. But I'm not and my contact with other people is really quite minimal - so I'm not worried. (ask me again when I get the flu!)

SOOOO... what has Eino to say NOW? Does he know how to take care of HORSES as well as he takes care of MECHANICAL things??? Jusssssst wondering!

7:10 AM  
Blogger Cherie said...

I want to get the regular flu shot. I normally have a slight reaction, but it's far better than the regular flu. (Even though I have heard it mentioned in some of the news reports, a lot of people forget that people die of the "regular" flu every year, more than have died from H1N1. but that's another story. lol) If they still have any H1N1 vaccine left when they get to me on the priority list, I'll think about it. In the meantime, I'm washing my hands like I have OCD and eating the best I can to boost my immune system as much as I can. And sleep, making sure to get my 40 winks. ;) Good luck with everything on your end. :)

7:22 AM  
Blogger Trudy said...

I'm waiting for it too Dr. John, very impatiently now with all of the cases going around. I am considered to be in the 'at risk' group since I am pregnant and I can't get it soon enough!

Hope yours comes soon too!

7:32 AM  
Blogger DawnTreader said...

I just got home from having been to get the first shot. Remains to be seen how I'll feel tomorrow! I have been taking other flu shots for eight years and sometimes I get a bit "down" for a couple of days just after; but then I've been free even from ordinary bad colds all winter after that. The last time I did have flu, before I started getting vaccinations, it was really bad... so I did not hesitate at all to take this shot.

8:30 AM  
Blogger ellie said...

what gets me, Dr. John, is that people are waiting...and waiting...and waiting. If, indeed, this is some huge conspiracy, then someone fell asleep at the wheel by allowing media to hype up the vaccine and then, not having enough of the vaccine to go around in response.

Personally, I'm not getting it. My husband is, though. My kids have been among those who contracted H1N1 already this year. Thankfully, they survived...but it was a bit scary.

and...I like your story! ;)

8:39 AM  
Blogger Ronnica said...

Call me stupid then, because I'm not getting it. I don't have any of the risk factors, so I'll just take extra precautions and I'll be fine. If not, I'm okay with that, too!

9:15 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

I haven't decided whether to get it or not. :(

11:01 AM  
Blogger Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

Last week the H1N1 flu shot was being given here north of the 49th Parallel, Mass Hysteria was found, People waited in line up to 7 hours to find out they were being turned away as there was no more doses of the H1N1 flu shot.

Some experts say one needs the shots, others say one doesn't. Personally I am putting it in God's Hands, he is the only one who knows for sure.

11:28 AM  
Blogger Mama Zen said...

Sadly, I can't locate ANY type of flu shot. My mother, standing in the clinic with her oxygen tank, was denied a flu shot because a particular lot had been reserved for a different population. This is insane!

11:51 AM  
Blogger carma said...

I hope you get the vaccine soon, being in the high risk group. In the meantime, stay in and read blogs :-)

Still no supply in my area. Hopefully the worst of it will be over soon.

12:35 PM  
Blogger tsduff said...

Sometimes I wonder if waking up in 1890 might not be a fun thing. I would be willing to try it out.

Hope you get a swine flu shot.

Stopped in to say hello = it's been a while.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Russell said...

Goodness. That would be pretty incredible to wake up and be back in time like that!

There was a show on PBS several years ago called 1900 House or something like that. A modern day family lived as if it were 1900. They thought it would be fun. It was not and they did not like it -- at all. Heh!

Here in Iowa people get upset if we use the phrase Swine Flu. It doesn't make any difference to me. A rose by any other name ..... as they say.

Good luck getting the vacine. I am sure it will be available soon.

Take care and thank you for stopping by my blog.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Lou said...

I work in an emergency room, and the doctors are saying "swine flu" is just a flu, like any other flu. People at risk die from the regular flu every year..why the uproar at this?
Trust your gut. Or trust your gut to your doctor. Whatever!

3:58 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

I have to take Katie on the 9th for her H1N1 and second gaurdisil. Our doctor thinks that the H1n1 is more important than the regular flu shot. I have never had a flu shot and probably won't start now.
I just hope we don't have to wait forever and they don't run out.
However that would be my luck!
Love Di

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Alice Audrey said...

Maybe some things don't change, but going back through time is enough to give a body pause. I can't help but wonder what's likely to come over the phone line.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Dr Jenn said...

Here in Nashville they are doing a separate study at Vanderbilt hospital on the "elderly" it appears they need a higher level of the vaccine for it to work and they are taking people to get the H1N1 vaccine 65 and older for free and they will be compensated for the experiment. I got the kids vaccinated. Their pediatrician said that if we were in the US in the 70's then there is a good chance we were already exposed to this and have an immunity to it.

10:21 PM  
Blogger anthonynorth said...

Here in the UK it seems about half of the frontline health workers are refusing it. This is one for gut instinct, I think.

12:51 AM  
Blogger kcinnova said...

I vote to trust your doctor. Only my XC runner received the flu mist for the regular/usual/seasonal flu -- simply because he was in the office for an appointment and they suggested it. I'm glad he got it, as he has been healthy as a horse this fall, despite staying up past midnight to do homework and running 3-6 miles every day after school.
Our schools were supposed to start free vaccinations for H1N1 but the vaccine shortage has postponed all of that. I've signed paperwork for all of them to receive the mist/shots when available. My oldest is 18 and didn't want to bother with it, but his father (an RN and healthcare administrator) pointed out how many have been sick and I pointed out deaths in our own county. Then on Sunday, the lay reader shared that a co-worker's son 12yo had been healthy at a basketball game on Tuesday and dead on Friday morning.
I'm not taking chances with my kids.
I was immunized in the 70's here in the US and will watch my health very carefully without additional vaccines. (And I take plenty of naps!) My husband doesn't get a choice: the Army will vaccinate him whenever it has the vaccine available and ready for healthcare personnel. It happens every year (the manditory vaccine) and he is in his 20th year of active duty, so I feel pretty confident. ;)

8:16 AM  
Blogger kcinnova said...

Oh! Forgot to say, an outhouse would have been mighty cold this morning!

I was pumping water from a well just yesterday. It was cold, too!

8:17 AM  

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